Theatres line up famous faces and shows for the new season

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A NUMBER of big names will be taking to a stage at the Royal and Derngate theatre this spring.

The Northampton theatre will be hosting stage adaptations of two classic TV shows as well as musicals, comedians and its own plays.

One of two plays written by novelist Daphne du Maurier, The Years Between, will be run from February 4-26.

The show, the first in the Made in Northampton season, follows the fortunes of MP’s wife Diana Wentworth who is trying to rebuild her life after her husband is lost in action in the Second World War.

Robert Daws, known as Gordon Ormerod in ITVs The Royal, will star in Diary of a Nobody, which follows the trials and tribulations of middle class clerk, Charles Pooter, in Victorian London. The show will be performed from March 4-19.

The final Made in Northampton production will be a new version of Terence Rattigan’s In Praise of Love, which will be at the theatre from April 1-23.

All of these show will be performed on the Royal stage.

Marking the soap’s golden anniversary, Corrie is a new comedy play, which will be performed an the Derngate from May 16-21. It combines some classic characters and memorable moments from the last 50 years.

Upstairs Downstairs star Simon Williams will take the lead role in a stage version of the ‘80s sitcom Yes, Prime Minister which will appear on the Derngate stage direct from the West End.

This updated version, featuring sexed up dossiers and Blackberry’s, runs from June 6-11.

Among the numerous musicals at the theatre will be the heartwarming tale of Annie starring Hi-De-Hi’s Su Pollard, which will be on the Derngate stage from March 29 to April 2.

The highly talented cast of actors and puppets from Avenue Q will also take to the stage from July 5-9.

Hamlet The Musical, which was a cultural hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, will come to the Royal from May 6-21.

And Patricia Routledge, better known as Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances, will team up with pianist Piers Lane to present Admission: One Shilling - a story of Myra Hess and wartime concerts - on January 14 and 15.

Your funny bones will be well and truly tickled by a number of top comedians.

The popular Jimmy Carr will appear on January 14 and 15, Stephen K Amos, fresh from his hit BBC2 series, performs on March 9, and The Inbetweeners star Greg Davies will leave behind the role of the psychotic head of sixth form to bring his new stand up show Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog on March 22.

Other funnymen appearing include Lenny Henry, who will be on the stage on May 7, Irish comedian Ed Byrne on April 12 and Geordie Sarah Millican performing her stand up show Chatterbox on February 22.

All three will be appearing on the Derngate stage.

The master of psychological illusion Derren Brown returns to Northampton from May 22-24.

He will be entertaining audiences with his unique brand of intelligent and theatrical entertainment in his new show, Svengali.

Another spectacular show that will entertain people of all ages will be the Chinese State Circus, which will provide a breathtaking fusion of martial arts, dazzling circus skills and precision acrobatics when it retells the classic Chinese legend of Mulan from January 17-19.

Tickets for all of the shows are available now. Anyone who would like more information, or to book tickets, can call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk